Compared: 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2022 Honda CR-V

These two family-friendly crossovers compete in the compact SUV segment, but have enough differences that making a decision could be simple.

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The 2022 Honda CR-V and 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan are priced and sized to compete directly with each other. That said, they appeal to shoppers — and their wallets — in different ways. While the Honda offers efficient powertrains along with a spacious cabin, the Tiguan delivers cool tech and extra seating for a similar outlay.

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Pricing for the Tiguan and CR-V are slightly different depending on the trim

The Volkswagen is priced less than the Honda — but only slightly. Base prices on both the entry-level Tiguan S and CR-V LX are around $28,000. Upgrading to an all-wheel drive (AWD) on either is a $1,500 charge.

However, the script flips when it comes to fully loaded models. A Tiguan SEL R-Line AWD is slightly more expensive than the CR-V Touring AWD, but each comes in at about $38,000. While the difference comes down to just a few hundred dollars, every penny counts when you’re trying to save some cash.

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The CR-V is low-tech compared to the Tiguan

Despite a lower base price, the Tiguan includes more desirable standard equipment. Every version comes with blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, heated front seats, and a digital gauge cluster. You’ll pay extra for any of that in the Honda, except for the last item, which isn’t offered on any CR-V with the gas engine.

Additionally, Tiguan S and SE trims feature seating for seven, while no CR-V can seat more than five. The second-row seats in the Volkswagen offer more versatility, with the ability to slide nearly 8 inches fore and aft and a 40/20/40 folding split. The Honda’s rear seat offers only a 60/40 split. The Tiguan also has available ventilated front seats and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity on some models.

The Honda CR-V seems low-tech in comparison. One important item to point out: If you’re on a budget, know that the base CR-V LX model doesn’t include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support, which some new-car buyers may consider nonnegotiable. On the EX and above, you’ll have to plug a phone into a USB port to mirror your phones. However, the Honda does feature standard adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, which are only available in mid-level or higher trim levels of the Tiguan.

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2022 Honda CR-V takes the lead with better fuel economy

The Honda CR-V gets far more efficient gas mileage than the Volkswagen Tiguan. The front-wheel-drive Honda with its 190-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is rated at 28/34/30 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD model lowers that to 27/32/29 mpg. Starting at about $33,000, the CR-V Hybrid lofts fuel economy to 40/35/38 mpg, and comes with standard AWD.

The Tiguan uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 184 horsepower, with front-wheel-drive models rated at 23/30/26 mpg. The AWD models get 1 less mpg in each category, coming in at 22/29/25 mpg. However, the AWD R-Line model is even less fuel-efficient and is expected to return 21/28/24 mpg.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad is an award-winning automotive journalist who has contributed to several automotive, electric vehicle, luxury lifestyle, and technology publications. His work isn't just limited to the written word, as he's also hosted YouTube videos and podcasts. Having grown up in the '90s, he has a strong sense of attachment to that era's style, though he also loves to geek out about the modern, futuristic tech and powertrains rolling out today.